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Monthly Challenge #3: Regular Sleep Schedule

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I’ve long thought of a healthy lifestyle consisting of 3 parts. 1- Exercise and physical conditioning 2- Nutritional support and healthy eating 3- Rest and relaxation including sleep All three of these aspects have their own role to play and it’s almost impossible to make up for a lack in one area by over compensation in another. Many folks tend …

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Monthly Challenge #2: Race the Clock

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  Few things are more dull and boring than traditional cardio. I should know, I spent years just slogging my way on an elliptical or spin bike while waiting for the clock to tick down. This month’s challenge is to add some spice to your cardio. Spacificaly aiming to improve your performance in your activity of choice. It’s really simple …

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The Beauty of the 3 Exercise Workout

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Suspension Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

Recently I’ve been getting back into using workouts that are built with 3 exercises. A 3 exercise workout has many benefits including: – Simple and strait forward. I am a firm believer that the simpler we make our diet and exercise strategies, the more effectively we can put them into practice. When things get complex, the opportunity to struggle becomes …

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The Science of Willpower (Part 1)

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Willpower is the standard fuel we fitness junkies rely on. We rely on it to work hard, eat well, push ourselves and not do 101 things that can send our results into a tail spin. Even though it’s so darn important we know almost nothing about it. We don’t know how to improve it, how to use it, how to …

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Avoiding Home Gym Failure

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Setting up a home gym usually seems like the ultimate fitness advantage, however there are some pitfalls that any home fitness enuthiast can fall for. Here are some of the major obsticals and how to over come them. – Having enough time to workout. Workouts that can be done at any time often end up not being done at all. …

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mind, fitness, mindset, success, progress

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Yesterday hurricane/ tropical storm Irene hit my humble state of Vermont right between the eyes. Kinda funny how we are the only landlocked state here in New England and we get hit by a hurricane. Anyhow, I received a few emails from folks wondering how the whole be-fit and live-free works in times like these. The short answer is, very …

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The Real Truth About Fitness Success

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Today’s podcast was inspired by the book; The Real Truth About Success by Garrison Wynn. The major theme is applied to success in business, but also applies very well to anything in fitness. It’s a great book and the “secret” is just too good not to pass onto you. advantage    

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From Diet and Exercise Oppression to Freedom

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I caught an interesting show the other day about the great pyramids of Egypt. I always thought the massive monoliths were built by slaves who were beaten, whipped and oppressed. The show was all about a new theory on how the pyramids were not built by oppressed slaves. Instead they were constructed by trained professionals who were well fed, and …

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Fun Twists for German Volume Training

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Sometimes it’s not about magic formulas or high-tech strategies. Sometimes it just boils down to just needing to do more grunt work. My history of exercise is filled with times where my progress exploded to heights unknown simply because I buckled down and did more work. It’s one of the simplest ways to potentially blast a plateau to kingdom come. …

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Can Willpower Be a Bad Thing???

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Willpower is one of the most over rated aspects in our fitness culture. While some degree of willpower is necessary, it’s not a very reliable source of motivation. Remember, we can place an infinite amount of stress upon ourselves from diet or exercise but we only have a finite amount we can withstand before we collapse. In other words your …

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Is Exercise Science All A Myth?

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

An interesting paper recently came out putting years of strongly held exercise beliefs into question. Whether or not the paper is true is not much of a concern for me. However I do see this paper as the possible spark to set off a whole new revolution within our fitness culture. A revolution where we might just discover that all …

The Risk of Timed Workouts

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

There are few things that can motivate you more than racing the clock. Trying to do the same workout in less time or more work in the same amount of time is a sure fire way to progress. That being said, there is a risk to such workouts. When racing against the clock, there can be a good chance that …

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Explore Your Full Fitness Potential

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I like to think of exercise in a spectrum. At one end there is one aspect of performance like fast, explosive, heavy, quick, and at the other end are the opposite characteristics like slow, light, smooth and so on. We could argue about what may be the best way to train, but knowing that all aspects of training have their …

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The Hidden Danger in Diet and Exercise Books

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

There is no doubt in my mind that the most important tool in developing your health and fitness is the home library. Books have an amazing power to change your life like no other medium. I have at least 5 or 6 books that I can say directly changed my life. Their positive impact on me simply cannot be overstated. …

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The “Delta” Podcast

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

There are very good reasons why I call this website the Red Delta Project. In this podcast I discuss the meaning behind the term delta and why it’s not only the philosophical foundation of my diet and exercise program, but of my entire life as well. delta

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Achieving Uncommon Results with Common Body Weight Exercises

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Suspension Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

Adding some spice to stale body weight training routines I’m a guy who likes life on the spicy side. I race a $2,600 mountain bike, dream about Ferrari and add Jalapeno peppers to everything. When it comes to getting in shape I like lots of spice, but body weight training is often a rather plain style of training. After all, …

11 Reasons Why Playground Workouts are Better than Commercial Gyms

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Uncategorizedby Matt

While I often workout in the usual locations, like the gym or at home, the local playground is by far my favorite. You can take away my home gym or cancel my gym membership but don’t ever take away my playground! Here’s why I love playground workouts so much: You get outside I really do believe that the national rate …

How I Stumbled Upon the #1 Effective Fitness Strategy

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I don’t know what got into me, but one winter my buddy, Matt, and I became rock climbing fanatics. We joined a local indoor climbing gym and used our membership like it was our job. It’s funny because I’m pretty nervous when it comes to heights. So what possessed me to scale a wall while holding onto holds the size …

Why Old Fitness Methods Work Well in Modern Times

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I love how technology is making life easier. For example, not too long ago I needed to make a 15 minute video for a class presentation. To make the video I had to haul a 50 pound camera around, stage the lighting and get the focus settings just right. Once I had the footage I spent 5 hours editing the …

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An Inconvenient Truth About Diet and Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

It seemed like a good idea at the time……. With all of the hype and promise within our fitness culture, there is a great big elephant in the room that we ignore at our own peril. This big elephant is what I call the inconvenient truth about diet and exercise stress.  The truth is in the following 3 parts: #1 …

Eastern vs. Western Fitness Philosophies

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I grew up with a sort of tug and war going on in my approach to getting in shape. On one hand, I was into the very American Macho style of fitness. This was the world of “no pain, no gain” and “it’s you vs. you.” I was taught that getting in shape was all about engaging in a daily …

Workout Changes I’ve Made to Stay Fit Into Old Age

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

My wish is to be still kicking butt well into my golden years. I don’t want to be super fit for 15 years and then pay for it the rest of my life. This is why I have taken on a few new perspectives about exercise over the years. Techniques that I hope will reward me with high levels of fitness not just today, but also for the next 40 years

The HUGE Importance of Simplicity in Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I’m a HUGE fan of simple. I love it so much I have based my entire life upon the principals of simplicity. I even based my one and only tattoo on the idea of simplicity.But once in a while I come across someone who comments on my Youtube channel or in the gym who says: Love your ideas but it’s …